Spare a thought for Sheffield Wednesday duo as attention turns to Euro 2020 match-up
Had things gone ever-so-slightly differently, they could have been there.
If Nathan Patterson hadn’t burst onto the scene quite so strongly, if Che Adams hadn’t finally given up on the notion of an England call-up, if there had been an injury here or there; one or both of Sheffield Wednesday pair Liam Palmer and Callum Paterson may well have featured in tonight’s monster clash between Scotland and England.
Both players played their part in qualifying, of course, Palmer featuring in every squad he was fit for while Paterson missed out on only the penultimate selection before neither ended up in Steve Clarke’s enlarged squad.
Both players are understandably gutted by the news, which will take some getting back from; this Scotland squad has the capability to qualify for future major tournaments, but it has been 23 years since the last one, after all. Who knows when the opportunity may arise again.
Clarke didn’t name a specific standby list for these Euros and Palmer and Paterson have been reminded to keep fit should injury arise, but there will be that sunken feeling of what might have been.
Wednesday’s trudge towards relegation won’t have helped their cause, of course, and while Paterson found himself marginalised slightly towards the end of a long season and pushed around in terms of position, Palmer’s form as a right wing-back was as good as it was all season.
The Owls will hope that both players see it as further motivation and bounce back from the disappointment next season.